Pepper Vodka Chicken

Pepper Vodka Chicken

Pertsovka is the Russian name for pepper vodka. Vodka itself means ‘little water’—not so little in sufficient quantities. This dish has a good kick—you can replicate it with regular vodka and a good couple of teaspoonfulls of Tabasco.

  • 1 whole chicken
  • salt & fresh ground pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 small carrot, peeled and sliced into ¼” coins
  • 1 bunch fresh thyme
  • 80ml (1/3 cup) pepper vodka
  1. Preheat the oven 230C/450F/Gas Mark 8. Cut the chicken into pieces: thighs, drumsticks, wings and halved breasts. Season with salt and pepper, and cook in the olive oil for a few minutes in a large pot over a medium-high heat. When nicely brown, pour the vodka over and light. When this burns, add the onion, carrot and thyme, stir , and place in the oven.
  2. Roast for 30-45 minutes until the chicken is fully cooked.

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